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Struise Black Damnation XII - Nuptiale A2

Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Single cask, ripened on Anguilla rhum barrels with peaches.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maris (1116) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2015
From a 750ml bottle on 23/4/2015 (a birthday present from my wonderful wife). Pours close to black with a big tan head, with audible fizzing on the pour. The bottle gushed big time on popping the cap, requiring a bit of rushed consumption. Has a strong, quite unusual nose featuring chocolate, soy, booze and peach. The flavour is big rich and bold - mainly milk and dark chocolate, with some caramel, rum, raisins, prunes and peach. Really smooth and complex. It presents as a big beer but hides the 13% well enough to make dangerously easy to down. The texture is creamy bordering on syrupy, with the carbonation lively. This my first Struise and first Black Damnation, but won’t be my last. A terrific impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hogfather (69) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - APR 17, 2015
Bottle from Bier Temple, Brugges. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Vanila and of course rhum. Although peaches were used for this beer they do not add much of a taste. At least I didn’t understand it. Also taste of berries and liquorice. Dark colour with brown head. Another good brew from Urbain.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2991) - BELGIUM - APR 5, 2015
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 One of the Black Damnations I hadn’t tasted yet, apparently only one batch dating back to 2012, but I fortunately found this vintage bottle online somewhere. Opaquely black colour under a thick, creamy, lively crackling, deep beige head, captured after a dramatic form of gushing - not only did the foam ejaculate from the bottle upon opening, it kept creeping out even after I had poured half of it in a large wine glass so I constantly had to keep an eye on it. Complex, rich and strong bouquet of brown rhum, cappuccino, sweet sherry, liquorice, some shoe polish-like solvents but surprisingly working well in the whole, overripe peaches (which I understand have actually been used here), elderberries, a subtle finesse of coffee liqueur, blackcurrant, brown sugar, sour cream, brown bread, passion fruit, wet leather, candied figs, bayleaf, candied orange peel and of course a truckload of bitter chocolate. Taste is thick and rich as well; candied fruits at first, as well as a hint of canned peaches sweetness, Belgian estery yeastiness but not overpowering, medium carbonation (just the right amount for the style), sour fruit touch (berries) as well as a low ’background’ sourishness; deep oily maltiness follows, thick, oily and vinous body, very chocolatey and nutty, with subtle spicy notes playing above. Finishes in a pleasantly gentle coffee-like roasted bitterness as well as strongly lingering bitter chocolate maltiness, somewhat tangy and orangey spiciness paired with a peppery and spicy hop bitterishness, not too strong but providing perfect balance; oaky woodiness, though less tannin-like than I had expected; and of course a great deal of warming, rhum-like alcohol, though it somehow manages to remain subtle, as is the case in Black Albert or most other Black Damnation offerings. In all: a complex, very well crafted stout, in which the brown rhum barrels and the peaches did add finesse and blend in beautifully without disturbing the balance. I passionately hate gushing, but in a beer of this quality, I can easily forgive that. What gained my sympathy here, is that the sweetness, though quite intense, does not stick to the palate, and the presence of rhum stays in the background - in fact, I had more famous American barrel-aged stouts not achieving these two features to the same degree. Glad I tasted this, this may well be the best one in this series for me, absolutely delicious, and the oxidation of three years only added to its complexity... Now on the search for the other Black Damnation issues I missed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zita (5334) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 3, 2015
light burnt Vanilla aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light burnt and light bitter nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (7317) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2015
Dark brown coloured and almost clear. Has a light brown head, medium duration. Sweet, roasted aroma, lightly perfumed/floral. Sweet flavor, roasted, faint burnt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (7368) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle @ Johns. Pours pitch black a fading brown head, sugary lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, rum, loads of sweet fruit, peaches, little sweet licorice, sweet chocolate. Flavor is very sweet, malty, caramel, rum, sweet fruity, peaches, little alcohol. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, sweet finish with light alcohol warmt. 270315

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (12147) - DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle. Black with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little run, caramel and dark fruit. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, rum, sweet, dark fruits, oak, warming, little peach, little bitter with notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (14455) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, fruits, caramel, chocolate, wood and hops. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1466) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
7.11.2014. Weak aroma, wood, petrol and some sweet fruit. Taste is smooth, quite sweet, wood, milk chocolate, brown sugar. Full bodied, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (775) - GREECE - MAR 16, 2015
750ml bottle shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Black color with beige head. Malty aroma, light roasted, fruity, peach jello, light bubble gum, chocolate. Sweet and light bitter taste, fruity (sweet peach again) and chocolate. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

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